We were getting together with friends before a play.The restaurant was busy and extremely noisy. It was hard to carry on a conversation. We shared 2 appetizers, the charcuterie board which was ok and the escargots which were excellent. Two of us had the beef bourguignon, which I would not get again. The short ribs were not simmered long enough to cook off the burgundy wine taste and thus the meat was not very tender. The other entrees were ok, salmon and seared scallops although the side of Brussels sprouts were mushy. I almost forgot to mention the bread, hard as a hockey puck . I thought it could be day old bread put in the oven and reheated
We had a most enjoyable evening. There were seven of us so we got a table in the "private" area, which was great. The rest of the restaurant is somewhat noisy. Food was good, wine was good, ambiance and service were excellent.
We went to Central Bistro before a show at the Opera House. We arrived at 5:30 and it was fairly empty at that hour, but the show was at 7:00 and we wanted to leave plenty of time. Our server was very nice, but it took someone about 10-15 minutes to approach the table. Our friends had already gotten drinks at the bar, so it was over 20 minutes by the time we received ours.
Menu has a nice variety and they are flexible (I asked for risotto instead of quinoa on my dish). Plates had a nice variety of accompaniments and were well presented. We had the steak frites, the swordfish and the salmon. My only complaint is that my salmon was overdone. They asked how I wanted it and I asked for Medium, but it was just on the edge of being dry and overcooked.
Overall, we enjoyed the Central Bistro and we'll give it another try in the future.
Four friends met for lunch here. The service was excellent, very friendly and attentive but not too much. They let us sit and chat afterward and never rushed us. We all had various sandwiches which were very good with home made chips and apple coleslaw. The room was cozy with a nice view one level about the street. I highly recommend as a lunch meeting place.
Service was lacking. Food was lukewarm when it was delivered.
Great lunch spot, huge portions
The upstairs setting in an office building is a bit hard to find, especially as the address is given on Arch Street and that door has a sign on it directing you around the corner to another entrance on Summer Street. As a first time diner here, found that a bit odd.
The food was great and the server attentive and friendly. The noise level in the far dining room is quite high as the room is tiled in white subway tile and our group of only three had a hard time hearing each other. As the room was full at lunch time, the noise bounced off the tile walls and echoed, making for difficult conversation. None of us is hard of hearing or elderly. All in all great but too noisy. Would request a table in the front near the rest rooms and bar which seemed quieter if you want a less noisy experience.
Food was delicious. Escargot melt in your mouth. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Great evening catching up with a friend.
Really nice experience at Central Bistro. The appetizers were delicious as well as the main course. Great selection of wine to choose from. Our waitress was very nice helpful and helpful.
As usual the food at Central Bistro was tasty! Because it was Friday night it was a bit noisy near the bar, and the service was slower than usual. But overall we had a great time.
Central Bistro has become our neighborhood go to place. They are very accommodating when asked for special seating. The menu is varied and offers me the more complex French food I enjoy while serving up great sandwiches and fries that suit his style. The management and waitstaff are friendly and helpful. While a busy place it doesn’t seem to get as crowded and loud as some others in the area. The dining room is comfortable and nicely decorated. The large windows provide nice light and an urban view.
We were welcomed graciously, seated at a spacious banquette, servers were attentive. This was a business lunch where it was important to me that everything be just right--and it was.
Food and service is always excellent. The décor is very nice and the atmosphere is very welcoming. My favorite place in Downtown Crossing
Second time dining in last few months. Great atmosphere & terrific service! We’ll be back!
I chose Central Bistro based on the Open Table reviews and I was not at all disappointed. It’s an unassuming place that you enter through an office building but the food was great, the service was good, and the decor was very welcoming. We got the house made ricotta (absolutely delicious), the fried mushroom salad, and the chicken cordon blu. Definitely coming here again!
Some coworkers and I met here for dinner in the early evening on a weekday. The menu looked promising, but reality was not so great. Appetizers were strangely seasoned and in one case, overcooked. The entrees had little to no seasoning. It was my first time here, so this may have been a blip, but I am not likely to make a return visit unless it's only for drinks.
This is becoming our go to place when we want to have a special lunch. The setting is lovely, the portions are amazing, the quality is wonderful.. well worth it ..
Exceptional restaurant!! New fave. Phenomenal ambiance, food, service and location!! Can’t wait to go back.
Food was mediocre. Server didn’t bring drinks we ordered till after our food arrived. Wife’s salad came with dressing on it despite ordering dressing on the side. Server never came to check on us.
Great French bistro flavors in a quiet setting overlooking the walking street below.
I have been to Central Bistro on a few different occasions. Always a go to for catching up with friends in a relaxed atmosphere or a serious business dinner. Staff is patient when we are a ways in to seating and still haven't looked at the menu as we are all talking. Will come back here again and again.
The food was good but the place was very noisy. Unpleasantly so. Perhaps asking for a table as far as possible from the bar would have helped.
My sister and I were there for dinner before a show at the Opera House. The service could not have been more attentive or prompt. We enjoyed our glass of wine with a great app and our meals came at exactly the right time. The food was delicious and we will be back!
A lovely setting for lunch, meeting old (former) work colleagues. We all got salads, all were very good. No liquor or wine at this meal. Bread was nice; our order of frites got lost in the shuffle. Otherwise a very pleasant meal. You think you're actually in a bistro instead across the street from Macy's.
I recommend Central Bistro restaurant for a tasty business lunch or lunch with friends. The food is very good and the service and location are also good.
Good food and good service on a relatively quiet day. Excellent value.
There is a problem with consistency. I had the fig and ricotta a few weeks ago and the 'toast' was perfectly browned and crunchy. Yesterday I ordered the same thing and there were fewer pieces and only slightly browned. It was still good, but I had the first time in my head.
Great service! Very accommodating for a toddler. Will come back soon
Funky in a good way menu. Lots of choices. Great apps. Mix brunch and lunch. Always time for an omelette!
I order a steak medium rare and it was rare.
Worth driving around trying to find it and then thinking it was in an office building because, it is! Food is very good- ample servings and the wine and cocktail list was ample. Definitely a place to return to.
Lunch appointment turned into beat the clock. Could not find server 30 minutes after placing order. Finally, 40 minutes later, meals arrive not properly....Salads without any dressing. 40 mi items later....Server not to be found. Terribly disappointing. Would not recommend. Previously fined there frequently. Would not go again.
Well, I was looking forward to this one as I am french & convinced my team to book monthly lunch there. Boy, did I pull the shirt straw. I picked the mussels with friends and my first mussel was bad, so I tried another. It was good, but I realized I had lost faith. You can mess with see food. I ordered a veggie soup after that. It was ok & fries were good. They don't have traditional non alcoholic drinks like Diabolo, though.
The ambiance is very pleasant here and the restaurant is near the theater district. The food was good. We had dinner on a Tuesday evening so it wasn't crowded at all. In fact it was a little empty as the evening went on. We were offered a choice of booth or a table by the windows looking over the activity of summer street in front of Macy's We sat in a very comfortable semi-circular booth. The bar behind us was very busy when we first arrived at 6:30. The booth was useful for our business discussion. the food was very good. The only comment I would make is that the server seemed anxious to hurry us along even though the place was almost empty. There were one or two tables still occupied when we left around 8:30. Maybe they are used to a theater crowd in the evening which is intent on making the start of an event.
I’ve been many times and always enjoy it. Service can be slow, so count on an additional amount of time if you’re in a hurry. (The table behind us was there for 10 minutes with no service at all until a diner got up and found someone.) My top layer of mussels were quite cold and the others warm, but I didn’t have time to send them back. I told the waiter when we got the check, but he didn’t really seem bothered by it. My friend’s eggs Benedict were great!
Mediocre food and inattentive waitstaff on evening of November 3rd, 2017.
Our first visit to Central Bistro. Good food, excellent service, attractive surroundings. Only down side (we're older, pre-theater) was the very loud noise coming from the bar. For someone looking for a lively bar scene, this would be a great choice. We would certainly go back, but would try to time it better.
Wonderful food and service!
Server was friendly and attentive. Nice space on the 2nd floor. The food? Meh. Pretty empty on Saturday night. Not sure if that's due to location or the food. Not a destination place.
Our server was wonderful, attentive and nice, the kitchen was incredibly slow, and the food was okay but not terrific. The corn chowder was excellent, the risotto was tasty but very greasy, as was the mushroom flatbread (greasy).